Celebrating St Patty's Day - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish - Fashion Over 50
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Celebrating St Patty’s Day

I’m celebrating St Patty’s day this week on the blog with outfits, foods, and a bit of history

St Patty's day ourfit- green leather skirt, floral top and green bag

St Patty's day ourfit- green leather skirt, floral top and green bag

St Patty's day ourfit- green leather skirt, floral top and green bag

Some Past St Patty’s Day Looks and Posts

St Patty’s Day Green Outfit with Neck scarf

POST- Wearing Green for St Pattys Day

A Casual Look for St Patty’s Day

Tonal Dressing in Green

Irish Heritage

I wrote about my Ukrainian heritage HERE and tell you a bit about my Irish heritage. I am 25% Irish, 25% English, and 50% Ukrainian. My Dad, the proud Irishman, was not much of a beer drinker. He would drink 1 beer ( can you call Coor’s light a beer?) and he would turn beat red! We said he was a pseudo Irishman! 🙂 More focus was made of our Ukrainian traditions/heritage growing up, but we would dress in green for St Patrick’s Day and attend parade celebrations. We hope in the future we go to the UK, and I can fulfill my Dad’s wish of wanting to see Ireland and the Blarney Stone .

Today’s Outfit

Taking out my pine green faux leather pencil skirt was the first thing I did to create this look. I love the spring vibes and the yellows, greens and pinks in this blouse from Zara. ( its years old!). Still not sandal weather, my black Marc Fisher  pumps added to the look. My pine green quilted LOVE bag from Rebecca Minkoff was the perfect accessory.

History of St Patty’s Day

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.” source- history.com He died on March 17th, and this is the day that has been proclaimed as  a holy day and day of celebration.

Emigrants, in the US, transformed this special holiday into more of a secular event, with parades and parties. Blue was the color initially associated with St Patrick, and later green became the chosen color – green clothing, green beer, green water ( rivers dyed green).

Some traditional Irish Foods for St Patty’s Day-

If you want to make the day more traditional and try some Irish food, here are some ideas.

Soda Bread– My dad loved this! A traditional grain bread that is meant to be smothered with butter.

Irish Stew-made with mutton, but more these days lamb, and added potatoes and veggies slow cooked.

Colcannon and Champ– Potatoes are a staple for the Irish and this dish is made with potatoes mashed with cabbage and butter, along with spring onions.

Boxty– just as my Ukrainian anscestors had “Durany”, this is another version of the potato pancake .

Black  pudding– (pork meat, fat and blood mixed with barley, suet and oatmeal in an intensely flavoured sausage).

Coddle– to coddle is “slow cooking” and this dish is made as a stew with pork, bacon, potatoes and onion

Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day, and if so, tell me how. Id love to hear from you in the comments!

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Have a great day!

See you tomorrow for Turning Heads Tuesday!

Jess xx

7 Comments
  • Ashley
    Posted at 16:14h, 16 March Reply

    I cannot believe St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow- March really flew by! I love all the green here, Jess!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 04:53h, 16 March Reply

    Beautiful St Patrick’s Day outfits! I love the floral print blouse, it’s so pretty. I used to love soda bread but can’t eat it now I’m vegan. I should try making it dairy-free because it’s so yummy.

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

  • Claire Justine
    Posted at 16:54h, 15 March Reply

    Beautiful outfit. I love your blouse and how you have styled it Jess 🙂

  • Lovely
    Posted at 01:28h, 15 March Reply

    Beautiful outfit ideas for St. Patrick’s Day! The first and last look are my favorites!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

  • Neti
    Posted at 00:15h, 15 March Reply

    Love the Green in your outfits and they all compliment your style & hair. Happy March!!
    XO
    Neti.

  • Maureen
    Posted at 09:47h, 14 March Reply

    My dad turns red too after any alcohol beverage! I hear it’s because of an enzyme or lack thereof. I love all the green outfits you featured today. They are all perfect for St. Patty’s but also for any occasion. Of course, as a bag lover, I just have to comment on your love bag – swoon! The color is so pretty and so unique. I hope you had a great weekend and happy Monday!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Kellyann Rohr
    Posted at 07:12h, 14 March Reply

    Such elegant St. Patrick’s Day outfits! Love all your green outfits, so well done and a nice way to honor your Irish heritage in your signature style. That’s funny that your dad would get red after a beer and you called him the pseudo Irishman! How fun!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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